APPRENTICE PROGRAM FOR

SCENIC ARTISTS - NEW YORK CITY

The Apprenticeship Program is a three year (3-year) and four thousand (4,000) hour program, available in the Eastern Region, combining work experience in a variety of scenic fields. (Please NOTE: USA 829 has an Apprenticeship Program FOR SCENIC ARTISTS ONLY. There is NO SIMILAR PROGRAM FOR ANY DESIGNER CATEGORY) 

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY:

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY for the 2020 NYC Scenic Artist Apprentice Program will be available here beginning July 1, 2019. Please check back later. 


Here is the schedule for the 2020 Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Exam:

Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Exam (2020)

Application form; $75 Filing Fee; 1 Resume due January 3, 2020
Trade Specific Aptitude Test February 22, 2020
Additional Exam Fee due March 9, 2020
Interview/Portfolio Review March 28, 2020
Practical Skills Test April 25, 2020

Click HERE for the 2020 Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Exam INFORMATION DOCUMENT (version A, Feb. 16, 2016).

If you are still interested in the Apprenticeship program after reading the Information Document, please:

Click HERE for the 2020 Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Exam APPLICATION FORM(Note that applications for the 2020 SA Apprenticeship Program will only begin being accepted on July 1, 2019).

ALL QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE SCENIC ARTIST APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR KELSEY HARRO AT:  KelseyH@usa829.org.

OVERVIEW OF THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM FOR SCENIC ARTISTS‚Äč

The Apprenticeship Program is a three-year program that is sponsored by the Local. An Apprenticeship Exam will be offered periodically as dictated by the availability of work. All applications will be received without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, G.I.N.A, disabilities, creed, marital status and arrest records. Interested parties must have the following minimum qualifications before making application to the program:

  1. Upon acceptance into the program applicant must show proof of being at least 18 years of age and have a valid Social Security number.
  2. Upon acceptance into the program applicant must have earned a High School diploma or G.E.D.
  3. Upon acceptance into the program applicant must have reliable transportation or means of transportation to job sites and related training locations.
  4. Upon acceptance into the program applicant must have the agility and physical ability to:
         A) Lift 5 gallons of paint, joint compound and/or other materials on the job.
         B) Work often at great heights on ladders, scaffolding, cranes, and genies (with fall protection) at indoor locations and exterior locations.
         C) Work outdoors on locations under various weather and temperature cond
    itions, in extreme hot and cold, rain and snow.
         D) Work indoors, during the summer, in shops without air conditioning with temps well above 80 degrees.
         E) At studios or locations you may be asked to work long days ten or more hours, with the work-day beginning at 7am or earlier.
         F) Be willing to travel outside of the five boroughs of New York to work.
         G) In pre-production film work, and in scenic shops, Scenic Artists are working closely with other Locals that are engaged in using loud power tools, generating sawdust and welding fumes. Upon being accepted into the program, you will be required to be fit-tested for a respirator to protect you from unhealthy byproducts from materials used in our trade and those of other departments.
         H) Other protective equipment you may be asked to wear are safety glasses, hearing protectors, and work boots.

         I) Applicant must be able to pass a Trade-Specific Test in English (read & write in E
    nglish).

The program is looking for applicants with a working knowledge of art, theatre, film and related industries, but with less than three (3) years of experience. The Apprenticeship Committee reserves the right to reject applicants possessing too much experience as a working Scenic Artist, and would recommend the TRACK B “OPEN” EXAM. See the EXAMS... EASTERN REGION: IN NYC page [left].

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE USA 829 APPRENTICES

The basic demands of the apprentices will be to complete approximately four thousand (4,000) hours of training in a variety of specific skills. Included in these hours are seminars that the apprentices are required to attend.

Homework assignments will be given for certain classes and a personal sketchbook focusing on figure drawing and architectural studies is to be kept by the apprentice. Class work and homework projects and the sketchbook are reviewed and critiqued by the instructors and committee members.

The apprentices are also required to keep a logbook of tracking sheets to record the number of hours of on-the-job training and the skills they performed, as well as a one-page weekly activity sheet. Reviews of the Apprentices' class and homework occur semi-annually, by the Instructors and the Apprenticeship Committee.

All apprentices must attend all Health and Safety classes given by the USA 829 Health and Safety Officer.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR INQUIRIES

     Kelsey Harro, Scenic Artist Apprenticeship Admin. 
     United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
     29 West 38th Street
     15th Floor
     New York City, New York 10018